As of June, youth who raise and show animals will transition to Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) as the preferred youth quality assurance program. Similar in scope to the Pork Checkoff’s Youth Pork Quality Assurance® (YPQA®) program, the YQCA program is a multi-species, science-based educational program for young producers from eight to 21 years of age.
YQCA debuted at World Pork Expo in 2017 and has been in use since then. Youth currently certified in Youth PQA will not need to certify in YQCA until their Youth PQA certification expires. Pig shows and packers will accept both certifications until June 2021.

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Multi-Species Certifications Available for Youth